Le Amiche
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Roman couturier Clelia (Eleonora Rossi-Drago) leaves the big city to work at a boutique in Turin. She moves into a hotel and makes several new friends, but is soon drawn into their extremely unpleasant lives. Clelia enters a doomed relationship with a poor architect's assistant (Ettore Manni), sees her new best friend Rosetta (Madeleine Fischer) commit suicide after being jilted by her married lover (Gabriele Ferzetti), and is eventually fired from her new job when her hysteria over Rosetta's death interferes with her work. Clelia finally goes back to Rome, and viewers will not blame… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Antonioni's ability to use the screen's illusion of depth or the way he lends an eloquence to the space between characters is a marvel. How he has these people stand is so much more expressive than anything they say."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"An unexpected treasure."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Fortunately, relief for the navel-gazing conversations comes in the actual film craft -- photography, production design, music, control of pace and tone -- which reveals Antonioni's blossoming mastery."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"An Antonioni film will frequently pose a riddle, and then never answer it; here the mystery of why Rosetta tries to kill herself becomes a pretense for the rest of the film."
‑ Aaron Cutler, Slant Magazine
"The expressive elegance of Antonioni's camera movements -- the way he glides around a scene, composing and recomposing the human figures within it to suggest psychological patterns and unacknowledged erotic connections -- still has the power to amaze."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Though seldom seen now, Antonioni's fourth feature is one of his greatest films, in which diverse plot strands, character psychology, and a masterful control of the camera are perfectly fused."
‑ , Time Out
"Lovers of the great Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni have cause to rejoice with this new-print revival of his best pre-L'avventura feature."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"Without relying too heavily upon plot or story development, Antonioni delves deep beneath the exteriors of his characters to explore their mental makeup."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Long before the he put Monica Vitti through the existentialist-ennui wringer, Michelangelo Antonioni gave the world this muted melodrama about urban females dealing with boorish men, banal modern life and the occasional suicide attempt."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A very minor early work from Michelangelo Antonioni."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"plays like the haunting island-search centerpiece in L'Avventura in gestation"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"Antonioni does a strong job deftly directing the intense multi-layered psychological melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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